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HB 331: Self-Defense


Self-Defense; Authorizes person to use force, except deadly force, in defense of property; provides that person does not have duty to retreat if person is in certain place; requires, rather than authorizes, law enforcement agency to investigate use of force; deletes provision that prohibits law enforcement agency from arresting person for using force; authorizes, rather than requires, court to award attorney fees & other expenses to defendant who used force; deletes provisions that make justifiable use of force available to aggressor who initially provokes use of force; provides additional circumstances in which justifiable use of force is not available; directs FDLE to collect data on incidents concerning alleged justifiable use of force; requires law enforcement agencies to report incidents & cases in which justifiable use of force claimed.

Effective Date: 7/1/2013
Last Action: 5/3/2013 House - Died in Criminal Justice Subcommittee
Bill Text: PDF

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  • Bill History

    Date Chamber Action
    1/18/2013 House • Filed
    1/30/2013 House • Referred to Criminal Justice Subcommittee; Justice Appropriations Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee -HJ 45
    3/5/2013 House • Introduced -HJ 45
    5/3/2013 House • Died in Criminal Justice Subcommittee

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  • HB 331, Original Filed Version (Current Bill Version) Posted 1/18/2013 at 3:36 PM

    Bill Text:   PDF
    Analyses:   None

    Related Bills (1)

    Bill Number Subject Filed By Relationship Last Action and Location Track Bills
    S 136 Self-defense Smith Identical Last Action: 5/3/2013 S Died in Criminal Justice
    Location: In committee/council (CJ)

    Citations - Statutes (4)

    Citation Catchline Location in Bill Location In Bill Help
    776.031 Use of force in defense of others. Page 2 (pdf)
    776.032 Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force. Page 3 (pdf)
    776.041 Use of force by aggressor. Page 3 (pdf)
    776.09 Page 4 (pdf)

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